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[tap-dans, -dahns] /ˈtæpˌdæns, -ˌdɑns/
verb (used without object), tap-danced, tap-dancing.
to perform a tap dance.
Origin of tap-dance
First recorded in 1925-30
Related forms
tap-dancer, noun

tap dance

a dance in which the rhythm or rhythmical variation is audibly tapped out with the toe or heel by a dancer wearing shoes with special hard soles or with taps.
probably earlier than 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for tap-dance

tap dance

a step dance in which the performer wears shoes equipped with taps that make a rhythmic sound on the stage as he dances
verb (intransitive)
to perform a tap dance
Derived Forms
tap-dancer, noun
tap-dancing, noun
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tap dance

verb phrase

To improvise, tergiversate, etc, in order to hide one's ignorance: I didn't read the poop sheet, so I had to tap dance when the question came (1970s+ Army)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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